Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Newsletter: November 2015

Karen Bechtel, Executive Director

Karen Bechtel, Executive Director

Looking out our window at 19 Main Street in Concord, I feel in the center of much of our community activity. People running or walking, meeting friends, shopping and connecting with their neighbors – it is a vibrant town center.

Inside the four walls of our office, my daily interactions remind me that the Chest’s mission also places us at the center of community activity. With board members and volunteers coming to the office to lead, advise and support this important community institution, I am able to engage with some of the most interesting and community-minded leaders in our towns.

Today board member Dr. Henry Vaillant stopped by. Henry is a widely respected Concord resident known for his dedication to the Chest and his commitment to our community. He is also appreciated for his exceptional ability to turn a phrase – whatever is said, it is always unexpected and often alarmingly funny. With wisdom and wit, his deep commitment to the Chest strengthens the fabric of our community.

Today I also interacted with Aileen Buford, our dedicated and talented town social worker. Aileen had received a call about a family in an unsafe living situation and was searching for an alternative. Within hours of sending an email to Chest contacts requesting help for this family, I received multiple offers from individuals who are willing and able to help find an improved living situation.

From witnessing the vibrancy of the community outside our office window, to interacting with its residents inside, I am reminded on a daily basis of the central role the Chest plays in our community. I am endlessly proud to be part of this Concord-Carlisle institution.


Karen Bechtel
Executive Director

October was Community Chest Month
….and boy were we busy!

From handing out coffee at the sidelines of soccer games, to speaking at the Carlisle COA, the Concord COA, the National Charity League, Concord Greene, and Nashoba Brooks School to creating a display in The Concord Book Shop window, we were busy announcing the launch of our campaign and telling the stories of neighbors helping neighbors.

Along the way we talked to people who were unsure of the Chest’s mission or completely unaware of if its existence. We also met those who have been involved since its earliest years and proudly shared stories of their involvement.

As we work towards our $650,000 goal this year, we hope to continue to engage our community in this conversation around community and neighbors. Our wish is to close the gap between those who are unaware and those who have dedicated so much time and energy to the Chest; and most importantly to acknowledge the essential contribution of our donors and volunteers.

The Community Chest Needs Your Support

Together we can continue to strengthen our community. It starts with you.


2015 Holiday Gift Drive: December 1-11

Sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Community Chest
and CC Youth Services

We will be collecting gifts to benefit clients age 0-15 of First Connections, CC Community Services and other Community Chest supported programs. Festive drop boxes will be distributed around town at locations including CVS in Concord, Cambridge Trust, Cambridge Savings, Middlesex Savings and various local businesses. We hope you will consider brightening the holidays for Concord and Carlisle residents who need our assistance this season.

Please feel free to call the office at (978)369-5250 to arrange a gift drop-off, we love visitors!

December 6: Concord Holiday Parade
and Tree Lighting

The Chest will be participating in this wonderful
Concord tradition again this year.

All Aboard! There will be train rides in the center from 2:00pm – 4:30pm; volunteer elves will be wrapping books from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the Concord Bookshop; and at 5:00pm, friends of the Chest will be marching in the parade from the Concord Dunkin’ Donuts to Concord center. J. McLaughlin is also generously donating 15% of proceeds to the Community Chest from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Please contact the office at (978)369-5250 if you are interested in volunteering or marching in the parade. The more the merrier!

Upcoming Events: Save the Dates!

Please save the date for our annual Women’s Luncheon on Thursday, March 10 from 11:30 – 1:30 at the Nashawtuc Country Club.

This year’s featured speaker will be Linda Rossetti, author of the recently published book “Women in Transition: Reinventing Work and Life.” Her book was written as a resource to help guide women through the process of choosing a transition. As one past event attendee said “you have so carefully and thoughtfully given voice and structure to an issue that millions of women and some men face throughout their lives.”
Salt Marsh Pottery at Fritz&Gigi – November 19th

Get a beautiful keepsake of hands and feet in clay. Wonderful gift for the holidays and one that will be appreciate for years to come. Call 1-800-859-5028 to make an appointment.

Proceeds to benefit Concord-Carlisle Community Chest